Global Inspiration Behind The YC Condos Design

A lot of thought went into the design of our project. We searched for inspiration all around the world to nail down the design aspects we knew would make our building stand out from those around it. We spoke to Riz Dhanji, the VP of Sales and Marketing at Canderel, who’s a world traveller and set out on a mission to gather inspiration from some of the world’s most amazing hotels/structures and apply it to the YC design.

What are some of your favourite hotels from around the world?

I love the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore because of its statement and amazing architecture that makes it visible all across the city. The pool is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, not to mention the views are breathtaking. The lobby must have over 100 foot tall ceilings.

I also really like the new W Hotel in Guangzhou. It’s unique because of its interiors including its restaurants and amenities – truly something modern and one-of-a-kind. They have an incredible Japanese restaurant with an attached pond and landscaping that is a modern take on traditional Japanese design.

Photo via WiNG

Where did you travel to find inspiration for the YC Condos’ design? What buildings did you visit?

I love Asia, so I travelled recently to Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket. Last year in China, I saw an unprecedented number of new hotels being built – almost 10 times the rate as all hotels in the USA are built. They’re constantly pushing the envelope on design and architecture as they want to compete with cities like Dubai. Hong Kong’s new Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bangkok’s Banyan Tree Hotel (which has an open roof restaurant on the 50th floor) are just some examples of buildings that stand out. I also get a lot of inspiration when I travel to New York City. They know how to deliver cutting edge design, and I get inspiration from concepts for hotels and interiors.

What design elements specifically inspire you?

Lobbies, pools, amenity areas, corridors, elevator cabs, lounges, restaurants, and more. Some things that others find trivial, I find fascinating. I’m a real design geek.

Photo via David Jones on Flickr

Why do you think it’s important to gather inspiration for a project?

Firstly, to see if it’s something feasible that can be done in a condo. A lot of amenities or design ideas don’t translate well into the condo world. I focus on how we can translate the inspiration into something that can be executed by our construction team so that the final product is just as buyers expected.

What design elements will make YC Condos stand out from other condos in Toronto?

There’s no question that the number one element will be the AQUA66 infinity pool. To have the tallest pool in the Western Hemisphere in the building with floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing views of the city is going to be a one of a kind in Canada. The Lounge 64 will also be an incredible lounge (on the 64th floor) that you won’t find anywhere in Toronto. Those are really the creme de la creme features of YC that has made it one of the most sought after condo buildings to live in.

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